Valero Refines Compliance and Safety Processes with SAP

June 14, 2007 by SAP News

Faced with continually evolving global compliance regulations and growing needs to monitor, manage and report on operational performance, including plant safety metrics, oil and gas companies are continuing to invest in IT solutions that integrate their mature enterprise infrastructures for continued operational excellence.
“Valero’s relationship with SAP has been a key enabler for our aggressive growth strategies,” said Hal Zesch, CIO and SVP, Valero. “As we look to meet the evolving operational needs of our business, SAP’s offerings were a natural selection to deliver an efficient, dependable solution that can increase transparency and reporting across our operations with demonstrable success.”
Today’s oil and gas companies are faced with increased pressures and requirements regarding process safety management. In addition to ensuring regulatory compliance, gaining visibility into operational indicators of plant safety, reliability, efficiency and financial performance is essential to a company’s long-term success and sustainability. The SAP xApp Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP xMII) composite application and SAP solutions for governance, risk and compliance (SAP solutions for GRC) will complement Valero’s already broad SAP landscape and address the growing needs for visibility into process controls, plant safety metrics and daily operations. With SAP xMII, any key operational metric can be deployed and displayed in a manner to transform data into actionable information, with charts, trends and alerts to track deviations and to help ensure compliance with regulatory and best practice standards.
“Valero’s impressive track record of growth and business success is built upon a strong foundation of IT investments that have enabled the integration of its many acquisitions and its expansion into new business models,” said Bill McDermott, president and CEO, SAP Americas and Asia Pacific Japan. “Recognizing the increasing regulatory requirements of its industry, Valero is once again taking a leadership position, making prudent investments in new SAP solutions designed to meet the business compliance and risk management issues that will drive its continued business success. We continue to be pleased with Valero’s selection of SAP as its solution partner.”
This implementation, supporting Valero’s enterprise service-oriented architecture strategy and leveraging the company’s existing SAP NetWeaver platform, will expand a standardized IT platform across the company’s operations. The integration of many disparate operational systems will enable Valero to maintain its reputation of technology innovator and leader in IT strategies that support and enable business and operations successes. SAP solutions have helped support Valero’s growth by enabling streamlined integration of the company’s numerous acquisitions, which have led to Valero becoming a national leader in the refining industry.
Under the agreement, Valero will implement a wide range of software from SAP in a phased rollout for approximately 9,000 users at 18 company sites. In addition to SAP solutions for GRC and SAP xMII, Valero is also implementing the SAP xApp Emissions Management (SAP xEM) composite application, Duet software, SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe, SAP Extended Sourcing for Oil & Gas and the SAP xApp Resource and Portfolio Management (SAP xRPM) composite application. The first part of the implementation is currently running with additional rollouts scheduled in the coming weeks.

Source: SAP AG

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